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More details on the UK-Morehead State charity game

Earlier today we told you Kentucky will be playing Morehead State in a special exhibition game for charity on October 30.

UK has since released more details on the game and we now know it is the inaugural “Kentucky Cares Classic” to raise funds for those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California:

“People around our country are facing some trying and tragic circumstances,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am thankful for the leadership of John Calipari and our men’s basketball program and the partnership of Morehead State in putting this game together to make a small but important impact. I look forward to seeing the members of the Big Blue Nation unite behind their Wildcats, as they always do.”

Net proceeds from the game will go to Team Rubicon, a non-government 501(c)(3) organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is currently active in Florida in response to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and is soon to begin work in response to wildfires in California.

“I want to thank Morehead State and its staff for coming together on this so quickly,” Calipari said. “This was an opportunity for us to do some good that we just couldn’t pass up. With everything that’s happened in and around our country the last couple of months, I felt like we needed to do more to give back and make an impact on the countless number of people who have suffered at the hands of the recent natural disasters.”

The game WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, so you will only be able to see it if you buy a ticket, which will go on sale Friday at 10 am online at and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase in person at the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets will range from $10 to $100 with net proceeds going to victims of the recent natural disasters. A full breakdown of the ticket pricing is below:

  • Lower premium – $100
  • Lower sideline – $50
  • Lower corner/end – $30
  • 200-Level sideline (first 12 rows) — $20
  • 200-Level standard — $10

Season ticket holders and UK students will have access to a special pre-sale that begins on Thursday at 10 am and runs through 10 pm online on Ticketmaster.

The UK Sports Network will broadcast the radio call of the game.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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9 responses to “More details on the UK-Morehead State charity game”

  1. jaws2

    I’m sure ticketmaster will lock up in the first 5 minutes. As USUAL!!!

  2. johnson0918

    A 12 hour presale? That will be sold out long before students and non season ticket holders get a chance.

  3. Realme

    What time will the game be?

  4. shelby

    Kind of crappy that season ticket holders get to buy up the good seats early so they can sit in the lowers in total silence as usual.

  5. BigBlueBass

    Wouldn’t a televised game make more $$$?

  6. Bluebros

    I’m a bit surprised ol’ Cal didn’t secure broadcasting rights for this and sell it on PPV for 40 bucks or something. BBN from all over the world would pay and help to generate a ton of money. In fact, I like this idea. One charity a year only seen on PPV and those who have tickets to the game. No disrespect to Morehead State but I imagine other programs with a bigger base might join in and make it pretty big. That would be neat… A very awesome gesture. Another example of our coach and AD miles ahead of the pack.

  7. Mathlete

    Morehead State students also have access to the presale in case anyone has that connection instead of a UK one

  8. backbeatcat

    First off…this is a fantastic idea and I hope they make a ton of dough to help those in need,

    The pre-sale makes me pretty sad. This is a case where the common wildcat fan who hasn’t had a chance at the best seats FOR GENERATIONS should get a one-time chance to see one up-close without a special break for the season ticket holders. It’s a missed opportunity. Hopefully the season ticket holders won’t gobble up all of the lowers…but I assume they will.

    1. backbeatcat

      …and now all is cool because the pre-sale codes were “leaked”. I think UKAA probably figured out what a cool gesture that would be. Nice job, y’all!